For those of you that don’t know, it can take a while to find a salon that you love and a service that is your go-to beauty treat when you need a pick-me-up. So, when bazaar heard that new services have been added to the Promenade branch of our tried and trusted, locally owned, Nail Polish Salon group, we went to take a look for ourselves.
Immediately as you walk into the salon you can tell that they mean business. The staff greet you professionally and in a friendly manner. The salon manager Lorin is genuinely proud to be a part of the Nail Polish team and you clearly see that, simply by the way she shows you around the salon. No wonder though, as upon further inquiry we find out she’s been with the brand for 10 years, mere months after the initial opening in Kuwait.
This is the third salon for the family owned business, the others being in Salmiya’s Tala Center and Jabriya, the first being established over a decade ago in 2006. This salon feels relaxed and pops of bright color on the essentially gray color scheme keep the whole place cheery. And it is incredible spacious! Three large screens drop down from the ceiling so that, no matter where you are seated while getting a treatment, you can clearly see what is on the screen. The unique thing about the Nail Polish Salons is that they constantly play episodes of Friends, the famed NBC sitcom, and this certainly brings a smile to your face.
If you’re not watching Friends, then take in the expansive vista through the windows of the salon which is simply splendid. On a clear day, you can distinctly see every important piece of corporate architecture which defines the Kuwait cityscape. It is stunning to behold.
The beauticians are all incredibly knowledgeable about their tools, skill and trade. They confidently explain to you the color focus for the season and which nail polish brands are good for your desired finish. The range of polishes include well-known fashion brands like Inglot to the well-respected OPI and Essie among several others. It was certainly interesting to find out the common misnomers that are held with regard to hand care and to be able to fully trust the person looking after you.
Once you have made your color choices and discussed the treatments available to you, you are seated in a wonderfully comfortable chair in the main treatment area and offered a range of refreshing drinks and teas. It was delightful to be served this way, especially that our tea came with a lovely homemade oatmeal and chocolate chip cookie, which was an little naughty treat that added to the luxury of the services being offered! Another extra luxury was the application of the hand scrub. After the skilled manicurist massaged the sweetly scented concoction, she used a soft brush to scrub at the hand, exfoliating, massaging and moisturizing all at the same time! Wonderful.
Exclusively available at this branch is a decadent 60-minute full-body massage with your choice of lavender or jasmine oils or if you prefer, a deeply moisturizing vanilla body cream. It is also possible to have a hair treatment of natural masques made from aloe vera to high end lotions and this can soak in while you enjoy your manicure or pedicure. A fully kitted out hair treatment salon exists in this branch so you can finish with a blow-out after luxuriating in any number of the other indulgent services on offer.
It is lovely to witness the kinds of customers that use the Nail Polish salons, as it feels like such a family atmosphere. Mothers come in with their daughters, cousins sit down and chat to each other across the way while being attended to, and it is a calm but bustling energy which surrounds you the whole time. If you do desire the ultimate alone time however, there is another entirely separate room which is very peaceful and quiet so you can choose from the best of both worlds, as you wish.
If you would like to take the time to disconnect from your phone, for a limited time Nail Polish Salon is collaborating with BASTA (@Bastakwt on Instagram) to offer customers a collection of books to choose from which you can purchase for only 1 KD. This money is then donated to charity, so you can give back while you treat yourself too! This is also the perfect place for busy mothers to come and pamper themselves while their children play in the game area at the mall. Ultimately, the Nail Polish salon comes highly recommended, so why not give it a try!
For further details on the Nail Polish Salons follow Instagram @nailpolishsalon and follow their Snapchat: Nailpolishkwt. To book the Nail Polish Salon exclusive full body massage, hair treatments, or manicures and pedicures, please call the Promenade Mall salon location at 5111 3305/6.